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recommended bed in america. >>> new nuclear fears in japan. officials say a partial meltdown is likely happening now and multiple meltdowns are a real possibility. >>> unbelievable amateur video at the moment the tsunami hit. water pouring in, flooding cars and everything in its way in miyako, japan. more amazing pictures next. hi, everybody. great to have you with me today. i'm thomas roberts. this is the continuing coverage of the disaster in japan. it's 12 noon in the east and 2:00 a.m. monday in japan. three major stories developing now in that country. up first, sobering words from japan's prime minister. he says the earthquake and tsunami disaster is the nation's worst crisis since world war ii. meanwhile, workers at a nuclear power plant hit by the earthquake and tsunami are trying to keep temps down to prevent the disaster from grewing worse. the escalating crisis includes the threat of multiple meltdowns. >>> more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12-mile radius around nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people tested positive for high ra
't forget there are enormous numbers of earthquakes in japan. people are not completely terrified every time there is an earthquake. it happens a lot. it's just that this earthquake was one of the most powerful ones ever recorded. one of the interesting things when you get back to the nuclear power plants, thomas, is the nuclear power plants were designed to with stand earthquakes that were five times less powerful than the one that hit them. they weren't designed to sustain a tsunami at the same time. you have to ask was the planning correct here? that's easier in hindsight, but was it correct in terms of safety measures. >> bob, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> the situation with japan's nuclear reactor brings to mind for a lot of people the 1986 chernobyl disaster in russia and 1979's three mile island disaster in pennsylvania. joining me on the phone is dick thornburg who was governor of pennsylvania during the three mile island crisis. what has been going through your head as you watch the events unfolding in japan and the talk and fear about the nuclear reactors there? >> there
it to you. >>> we have the disturbing new developments this morning from japan. one day after the strongest earthquake on record there, right now authorities are bracing for a possible meltdown at a nuke legislature power plant in the region where that quake hit. an explosion that you see right there, it destroyed a building that houses one of the reactors. officials say they fear a meltdown could be possible because two reactors at that plant have lost their cooling abilities. japan's prime minister says he is sending 50,000 troops to the hardest hit areas. meanwhile, the tremors haven't stopped. more than 165 aftershocks have been recorded. however, reports in japan today say at least 1300 people may have been killed. we have been with monitoring the situation from london. tazine, what's the latest from there? >> good morning, alex. the latest to tell you is that the government has spoken out about those radiation levels. just to recap, tokashima said the outer vessel collapsed. japan's authorities say that serious damage is unlikely. the government says the radiation levels are low. marr
>>> japan's triple tragedy. gruesome discoveries and multiple meltdowns now alarmingly possible. what can japan do to prevent a potential nuclear catastrophe? >>> coming up, the latest on the disaster in japan. plus, new stunning video of the tsunami's sudden fury. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. it's just past 11:00 a.m. eastern. 8:00 a.m. out west. we have three major stories developing in japan. up first, sobering words from japan's prime minister. he said earthquake and tsunami disaster is the nation's worst crisis since world war ii. meanwhile, the japanese government is warning that another hydrogen explosion could happen at a nuclear power plant reactor. workers now pumping sea water into the reactor to prevent a meltdown. more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12 mile radius around the nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people have tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. let's go live again to our london bureau where nbc is keeping track of all the latest developments. >> good morning, alex. it'
. and fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan after an explosion blows out the walls of a building. housing a reactor. this comes as one report out of japan says almost 10,000 people are unaccounted for in one northeast port town. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. within this hour we have more alarming news from japan. japanese public broadcaster nhk is reporting at least 9,500 people are unaccounted for in one port town. officially the death toll is at 574 across japan. however, powerful aftershocks continue to shake the region. for is your vooifrps stranded in the hardest hit areas help is on the way as today the first wave of 50 thousand troops has begun arriving by boats and helicopters to those areas. an explosion at one of japan's nuclear power stations explosion you see right there on your screen, it has destroyed a building that houses a reactor. officials are saying that the radiation levels actually have been decreasing. the tsunami caused it to lose its cooling system and it is raising fears of a meltdown. let's go live now once again to tokyo and to nbc's ian williams. firs
in japan after an explosion at a nuclear power plant. it happened just a few hours ago. there is a desperate race against the clock as officials try to prevent that reactor from melting down. >>> two of japan's nuclear power plants are in a perilous situation now. there are 11 kilometers apart and on japan's eastern coast. both severely damaged by that 8.9 quake that hit the country on friday. >>> meanwhile, another breaking story to tell you about at this hour. take a look at this. a tour bus accident on i-95 in. bronx here in new york. the new york fire department has just confirmed at least 12 people are dead. as you can see, dozens of firefighters and police are there. a frightening scene. it appears this bus tipped over and the top of it slid through one of the posts that holds freeway signs. it appears to be a tour bus ever some kind. trying to learn more about this. as we get more information we'll bring that to you. so a very good morning to you. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc saturday." we'll have more on the bus crash as it becomes available. >>> our other b
official here in the united states says that the primary containment structure of those reactors in japan, it looks like has breached. it raises the risk now of a further release of radioactive material. let's go right to tokyo now. msnbc chris jansing is standing by. i received a note the winds have shifted and are blowing over the pacific sxnt over tokyo. i'm sure people there are very concerned. >> reporter: it's been a very concerning situation because there have been levels, low levels i need to emphasize that of radiation here in tokyo. it has caused enough of a red flag that the french government has advised its citizens to leave the capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially peop
rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in that direction. one of the most important thing was to determine what kind of damage and what injury and most of the base are located in southern japan. the tsunami itself, there were no deaths or injured reported among personnel and damage to u.s. facilities was only minor. now the concentration is on preparing for the massive humanitarian relief needed for the people in that northern area of japan. >> i wante
allies meet on whether to take military action. it could happen as soon as today. >>> in japan, more fallout from the growing disaster. now there's a new threat to those who live near the nuclear reactors. we will have a live report. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. dramatic twists on the ground in libya and the threat of international military action. it is rapidliesque lating. this morning, shelling has been reported at the rebel stronghold of benghazi despite a cease fire gadhafi ordered on friday. renls say they shot down a pro-gadhafi fighter jet. in paris, a crisis meeting will begin shortly to detail what kind of military action the international community may take. action could begin within hours of this meeting. we have a live report from the region. >>> we have big news from japan this morning. workers are making progress as they frant ickically attempt to rebuild power lines to the reactors and hope to re-establish power at the fukushima daiichi sometime today but even if power is restored it is not clear if the cooling pumps will work. meanwhile, the japanese govern
bus accident but first coverage on the disaster in japan as there are new and alarming numbers from japan. japanese broadcaster nhk is reporting that at least 9500 people are unaccounted for in one port town. the death toll officially stands at 9500 in one devastated town. help is on the way for survivors stranded. the first wave of troops has begun arriving. the japanese government has declared states of emergency at two power plants after their units lost cooling abilities. officials say the reactor with stood the blast and the radiation levels have actually gone down. let's go now to tokyo. what are you seeing where you are? >> reporter: things seem to be resuming. a lot of the clean up, what little clean up was done. that however is clearly not the case to the northeast part of the country which remains in complete devastation. some places have been completely wiped out by that tsunami. we understand there are at least 4 million buildings that remain without power. basically every single road in and out of that part of the country has been cut off. survivors are lining up for fo
ahead. >>> also the disaster in japan. the nuclear radiation contaminates food and another powerful aftershock rocks the area near that troubled power plant. >>> and comparisons to chernobyl. how does the japan nuclear crisis compare with the world's worst nuclear accident? we'll take you to chernobyl, some 25 years after that catastrophe. >>> good morning. welcome to "msnbc saturday." i'm alex witt. just past 9:00 on the east. 6:00 a.m. out west. what's happening for you. dramatic twists on the ground in libya are putting more fresher on international leaders to launch a military response. gadhafi's army rolled into the rebel stronghold of agabenghazi battling rebels in the street. >>> and secretary of state clinton meeting with officials about taking military action in libya. and jim maceda is with us from tripoli. get to benghazi. first up, called the rebel capital. what do we know about the situation there this morning? >> reporter: hi again, alex. the situation is not looking good at all for those rebels in their capitol and for the civilians. the people who live 670,000 of the
can understand that we are in the middle here in japan of what appears to be an escalating nuclear crisis and so they continue to have these rolling blackouts. we saw some power going back on behind me there at the tokyo tower, but understand that this area alone has 45 million people requiring power so they're trying to conserve as much as they can. because a quarter of the power here has been affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. now, you also mentioned the rescuers, the americans who were contaminated. they are pouring in rescuers from literally all around the world, at least ten different nations. they've deployed 100,000 military here in japan, and we have seen them coming in at the airport. the sad fact of the matter is that these search and rescue teams will find little to rescue, although there were a couple of amazing stories today. a baby and an elderly man pulled from the rubble after spending three nights in it. but, for the most part, what they are finding is this tremendous devastation. in one town alone, an estimated 1,000 people who were washed away in
. these pictures are from myoko, japan. we'll look at fresh pictures from those that witness and stood right there capturing the tsunami as it enveloped their surroundings. these are pictures that are hard to believe, but you're seeing them, and they're the proof of it all. good morning. i'm alex witt, and this is msnbc sunday. we have three big developments to tell you about in japan. first, the country's top government spokesman says a partial meltdown is most likely underway. the nuclear power plant reactor, about 170 miles north of tokyo. three reactors at that plant lost their cooling functions in the aftermath of an active earthquake and tsunami. meanwhile, massive vacs are underway for a 12 mile radius around those nuclear plants. more than 200,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes. one japanese official says nine people have already tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. the number of dead continues to climb. officials say at least 1,200 people now have died. however, that number is expected to rise and potentially dramatically. >>> we are
away in tokyo a meeting of japan's prime minister at parliament turned to utter chaos. >> they're showing a city now on japanese television that looks like it's almost completely on fire. >> sparked fires in homes across the country and an oil refinery, a nuclear power plant shut down but no radiation escaped. closed airports. japan's famous bullet train shut down stranding hundreds of commuters. and then, a 23-foot wall of water crashed ashore. the tsunami sweeping away everything in its path. small boats smashed to bits. cars upturned and bobbing in the water. ships smashing against each other in part and a report of a ship with 100 people swept away. here's the latest on the devastation now. police in japan say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in sendai, the city closest to the epicenter. japanese tv reports as many as 4 million buildings in tokyo and their surrounding suburbs without power. scientists now say this quake is the fifth largest in the world since 1900. and it's the largest ever recorded in japan. a little more than an hour ago the first waves hit the u.s. main
for help finding her sister who is a former english teacher in japan who returned to that country the day of the quake. ann found her and helped her reach her sister. >> do you have my sister? >> i have your sister. here she is. >> she is on the phone. are you okay? >> hi. >> are you okay? >> yeah. i'm totally okay. >> let's go right to tokyo now and msnbc's ciz jansing is there live. what's the primary concern now for people across the country? >> reporter: well, i think it's threefold. you have a humanitarian. you have an economic and you have an escalating nuclear crisis. there is nothing simple about what's happening here. and it is affecting not just that northeastern coastal area but really the entire country in a very profound way. now, let's start with the humanitarian crisis. you've been showing those pictures. they are absolutely heartbreaking, devastating. the one town that you showed in miyagi province where as many as a thousand people we heard earlier today washed up on the shore that had been bodies carried away in the tsunami. now officials there are saying they may have a
plant meltdown. northeast japan is reeling in the wake of the catastrophe. also this morning, a new york freeway is the scene of a horrific tour bus accident. at least 13 people are dead. a sober good morning to all of you. i'm alex witt. we're going to bring you more on that bus accident in just a bit. we continue with the disaster in japan. new alarming issues this morning. a japanese government official says there's no increase in radiation around a nuclear power plant after an explosion you're seeing on screen destroyed a building that housed a reactor. at the same time, officials say they fear a meltdown could be possible because two reactors at that plant have lost their cooling abilities. >>> help is on the way. today, the first wave of 50,000 troops began arriving by boats and helicopters to the hardest hit areas. japanese officials now say at least 574 people were killed in the earthquake in tsunami. however, local media reports say at least 1300 people may have died. powerful after shocks continue to shake the region. let's go live once again to tokyo. ian williams is there on
populated areas. it's not over. it's incredibly difficult technically and for people here in japan and around the world. there are arguments about the quality of information and disagreements among u.s. and japanese engineers how to proceed, even though it is japan's reactors. >> when we talk about the fact they changed the level from 4 to 5, what goes onto the science and reasoning behind why they felt they needed to raise this level? >> it's simple. three-mile island, i would say this is worse of three-mile island. three-mile island released almost no radiation. three-mile island was bad because it was only caught at the last minute before there was a huge melting of the core of the reactor. the definition of the levels, it doesn't just affect the reactor but affects the surrounding areas with bits of radiation being found japan in miniscule amounts in the plume across the pacific ocean. >> bob bazell, thank you very much. this situation becoming dire. explain if the fuel rods in one or more of the reactors have, in fact, been exposed, what does that mean? can they still be coole
. hi, everybody. i'm thomas roberts. the watching and waiting continues in japan where the devastation continues, and the big question remains how dangerous is the radiation leaking from that country's nuclear plants in we're going to cover things from all angles. officials in japan say there's no plans to expand the evacuation around the crippled fukushima daiichi plant. there's now a crew of 300 people working in shifts trying desperately to contain the radiation. robert bazzell is nbc news chief science and environment correspondent, he joins us now. >> well, thomas, it's bad, because it's out of control. there has not been a major radiation leak yet outside of the workers inside -- the government today set only one of the workers had receive what could be considered a medically significant amount of radiation. so there has yet to be any significant rad yags leak, according to the officials. the problem is at least 4 of the 6 reactors are out of control in some way or another, and they could explode or melt or release large amounts of radiation into the environment, and that's the b
aftershocks. japan's index, the nikkei nose dived. the stock average fell 10.6%, down as much as 14% off one point during the day as worries of more reactor explosions increased. tokyo electric power stock, the owner of these reactors fell nearly 25% today. a look at our markets today, as you see, red arrows across the board. the dow jones down by 215 points. it's only 11:00 a.m. it's a reaction to what we have seen overseas and many market analysts did expect this. i'm thomas roberts. great to have you with me. japanese officials did raise the death toll to more than 2,700 people today but thousands more are still missing and boys continue to wash ashore. 400,000 people are homeless battling cold and windy conditions. nbc's ian williams is innia ma ga ta with the latest on the rescue and aid operations. >> good morning from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capabl
that people are picking up now who have been traveling around in japan, at least they were working at the nuclear facility, are minuscule. there is a lot of radiation at the site, but there's not a lot of radiation in the environment. there's very sensitive instruments to measure it, but it does not mean that the level is a health threat. now, the big concern right now is that here in tokyo, because this is now downwind, the winds have shifted. usually, they have been pushing the radiation out to sea. now the winds are aiming at tokyo. and 30 million people live in the greater tokyo area. and so if there were to be a massive release now, it's a big deal. so there's a lot of fear about that issue around here. >> and so, bob, given what the japanese government has said so far, i mean, they're telling people within a 19-mile radius to stay inside. our government is telling americans 50 miles away, no, get out. do the japanese people trust their government is going to protect them? >> reporter: well, some do and some don't, of course. and there's a lot of people who have already left t
is taking care of your business by taking care of your employees. >>> alarming, new developments in japan today, new concerns about a meltdown at one of the damaged nuclear power plants and new numbers on how many people may have been exposed to radiation. >>> and take a look at this. new, amateur video that came in just a short time ago. can you believe that? it is from the moment that the tsunami hit. these pictures are from miyako, japan, and in a moment we'll show you video from people who sat there and witnessed the tsunami envelope their surroundings. it's hard to believe. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt and this is "msnbc sunday." we have three big developments to tell you about this morning in japan. the government's top spokesperson says a partial meltdown is most likely under way at a nuclear power plant about 170 miles north of tokyo. three reactors at that plant lost their cooling functions in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. meanwhile, more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12-mile radius around those nuclear plants. japan's chief ca
. and we will as well. >>> back to the story that -- the radiation from the fallout in that crisis in japan. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthq
coming up, we have the latest on the disaster in japan, plus what you're seeing here, stunning, new video of the tsunami's sudden fury and calamity. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt and welcome to "msnbc sunday," where we are almost at 9:00 a.m. here on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. let's get right to what's happening right now. three major stories developing in japan this hour. workers at a nuclear power plant hit by the earthquake and tsunami are franticly trying to keep temperatures down to prevent the disaster from growing even worse. this growing crisis includes the threat of multiple meltdowns, and officials say it is likely a partial meltdown is already happening at one unit. meanwhile, more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12-mile radius around the nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people have tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. and new estimates on just how many people have died in the disaster. officials say at least 1,000 people were killed, but police are telling japanese media that as
the nuclear reactors in japan. the japanese government saying spinach and milk taken from farms near the fukushima plant exceed safety limits for radiation. officials are quick to add the food poses no emergency risks. >>> ctrying to cool reactors hoping to reconnect four reactors sometime today to get the cooling systems back online. >>> new numbers this morning on the extent of the tragedy. at least 7,200 people are dead and nearly 11,000 remain missing. >>> let's head to tokyo now and nbc's robert bazell with the latest. good morning, robert. >> reporter: hello, alex. the japanese government just announced that it found radiation in a few samples of milk and spinach taken from tartarp farms, not right close by but the general northern area of the country. now, the government says these amounts are very small. to give you a comparison if you drank one glass of milk every day for a year, you would get the same amount of radiation as you would have you had a ct scan and if you ate one portion of spinach every day for a year, 1/5 at much. tlap sh that shows why efforts to keep the rea
the plume was coming and people were talking about it on the united states. but here in japan there are amounts that are significant enough to cause concern. as long as the reactors keep leaking, especially if it gets worse we will hear a lot of reports about contamination we. >> we will go burbank in just a second. do you have reports about what is being done to get the leaking nuclear reactors under control? do you know the latest? >> today has been the most encouraging news yet. there is electricity at two of the reactors and they are going to start in the next few hours to see if they can turn the pumps back on. and one of the reactors, the fire trucks we have seen, shot enough water, 1500 gallons of it today alone to fill up the tanks and cover the damaged fuel rods. that's big. and even bigger at two other reactors, diesel power generators have got the circulating system up and running. and that is actually brought measured temperatures down. so officials have cautiously optimistic that they are beginning to get this thing under control. and it's a race against time beca
night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind conditions will spread the radiation to other regions. jennifer car fog kncarfagno has tracking the winds for us. let's talk about what chris was reporting about the dangerous freezing temperature s that some peopl
. frightening moments for some workers at that troubled nuclear power plant in japan. what made them flee for their lives. >>> searching for spring. unseasonably cold weather puts a chill on the cherry blossoms and many areas of this country. >>> and summer breeze. why it might be a whole lot easier to find a summer job in twlechbt. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." let's get to what's happening right now beginning with new this morning. robert gates says the obama administration has no plans to remove gadhafi from power using military force. instead top u.s. officials are working diplomatic channels to try and push the dictator o. hiarcltoonme t a very clear message to gadhafi, but we're also sending a message to people around him. do you really want to be a pariah? do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> mike viqueira, good sunday morning to you. >> reporter: good morning action al alex. >> what else are we hearing? >> reporter: critics say there's somet
in japan where today a radiation misreading at the fukushima plant sparked panic as well as evacuation. officials are now calling it a big mistake. charles hadlock is covering the latest developments from nearby, a safe distance, we should note, in south korea. charles, that misreading sparked another evacuation at the plant earlier today. are workers back inside? what is the status at fukushima daiichi right now? >> reporter: well, it was a major miscalculation, peter. a worker was reading the gauges and misrepresented what he saw. he reported he saw a spike of radiation equal to 10 million times what is normal. that turned out to be a miscalculation, and the tokyo electric company, the operators of the fukushima plant, had to back off and say, wait a minute, that's a miscalculation. it's not that bad. it is bad but not that bad. now, how bad is it? well, that water, that pool of water that is around the four reactors there is so radioactive that some radiologists tell me that workers standing in the water for one hour is exposed to four times his annual amount of radiation. so is tha
japan's devastating earthquake, an incredible story of survival lifts the spirits and raises hopes in the search for more survivors. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." 9:00 on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. let's get to what's happening right now out there. >>> breaking news, if you are just waking up. fresh word from the nation's top military officer after u.s. and coalition forces bombarded libya's defenses overnight. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news there is a no-fly zone in place in libya. that's after more than 110 tomahawk cruise missiles from warships and submarines slammed the antiaircraft units and command posts. admiral mullen also said that possible outcome of the military action could include the embattled leader, moammar gadhafi, remaining in power. meanwhile, gadhafi issued an audio address on state tv, saying the country was preparing for a long war. on the screen, the image of a giant, gold fist crushing an american plane. nbc's jim maceda's in libya's capital of tripoli. jim, with another good day to you, we have cruise missile
time. >> all right. nbc's savannah guthrie in rio de janeiro, many thanks. >>> from there now to japan, and new this morning, an incredible rescue there more than a week after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. police say a 16-year-old boy and his 80-year-old grandmother have been rescued nine days after the quake. they say the two were found alive amid the rubble in the devastated miyagi prefecture and were air-lifted out by helicopter. meanwhile, officials are backing away from plans to vent more radioactive gas into the air from one of the damaged nuclear reactors, saying the pressure inside is still high but stable. also today, japan's top government spokesperson says the nuclear plant will have to eventually be closed. >>> an amazing video just released from the japanese coast guard. look at this. it shows the giant tsunami rolling toward the northeast coast of japan. shortly after that massive 9.0 earthquake on march 11th. that tremendous wave, several feet above the bow of the ship. the ship was about 30 miles out to sea when it encountered that tsunami. >>> libyan leader
libya's no-fly zone are under way, what is the end game here? >>> disaster in japan. efforts to contain the fallout from those devastating reactors. hello, everyone. i'm alex witt. operation "odyssey down" is in full swing. military officials are assessing the damage right now after u.s. and military forces launched air strikes on libya overnight to enforce a no-fly zone. it's a look at what's going on today along a street edgic road outside of benghazi. the arab league is criticizing those strikes saying they went beyond what the league supported and are killing innocent people. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mullen told david gregory on "meet the press" he has seen no civilian casualties. >> gadhafi has put in human shields as well as created or said that we have generated civilian casualties. i just haven't seen that. >> nbc's jim maceda joins me from tripoli. in terms of civilian casualties, is that the message that's being out there that this coalition is responsible for that? >> reporter: yes, that's the short answer. it is out there. there is a lot of buzz. we woop
the country in what he calls safe hands. >>> a stunning new development in japan as the country continues to recover from the disaster. high levels of radio activity in sea water near a disabled nuclear reactor at the fukushima nuclear plant. and workers are injecting the reactors with fresh water. they are concerned that the salty sea water could be corrosive. navy barges are helping bring in more fresh water. >>> the official death toll at 10,151. more than 17,000 people are listed as missing. >>> adrian among is covering the latest from seoul, south korea. good morning. what is the latest on the effort to try to get racrsnjte wi fsh opo to sea water? >> reporter: good morning, alex. the workers back out it all day today in japan, trying to cool down the reactors. they have, as you said, been using fresh water over the past couple of days instead of saltwater. yesterday, working on reactors one and three, and today they concentrated mostly on reactor two. they switched to fresh water because of concerns that salt and other contaminants might correspond rode pipes or otherwise coat the r
to enforce libya's no-fly zone under way. what is the end game here? >>> disaster in japan. efforts to contain the fallout from those devastated reactors. >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm alex witt. thank you for joining us in our extended live coverage in the situation in libya and japan. we begin in libya where u.s. military officials say a no-fly zone is in effect over that country after a second wave of air strikes. here's a look at the scene from earlier today along a strategic road outside of benghazi. the arab league is now criticizing the strikes saying they went beyond what the league had supported and they are killing innocent people. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen said he's seen no reports of civilian casualties. let's go to tripoli. that's where jim maceda has been standing by live throughout this day for us. jim, i understand you have updates regarding civilian casualties. what do you know? >> reporter: hi there, alex. we're getting some fresh information. we've been quoting a lot from the libyan tv sources today. we're hearing from libyan he
in japan have detected high levels of radio activity in sea water near the fukushim. workers are switching to fresh water because they say the salty sea water could cause corrosion. joining me live now, the executive director of food and water watch. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> let's talk about the things that make their ways into everyone's daily life. the vegetables, milk, and the like. how do we make sure that none of the contaminated food in japan ends up here in the u.s.? >> we need to do aggressive testing of food here in the united states and we need to make sure that the federal budget is not cut for our fda and usda inspectors. >> okay. and what about for the people in japan? they are right there front and center. we know that there is a lack of supply on a number of things from to the proper foods. what do they do? do they have any option other than to bury this stuff and deal with what little they have? >> no, they really could be potentially in trouble for a long time. some of the radio active isotopes that are being released will be around for 30 years. and really
workers from japan's crippled nuclear power plant ended up in the in the hospital today. they sustained beta ray radiation burns to their legs. they're part of a three-man team working to restore cooling systems at reactor three. smoke could be seen rising from those reactors again. >>> japan's considering bringing in bottled water from overseas. panicked shoppers have cleaned out stores across tokyo after officials warned yesterday not to give tap water to infants. officials say radiation levels in tap water are now back to normal. >>> the u.s. ambassador to japan visited an evacuation center in miyagi prefecture, the hardest hit by the quake and tsunami. it's believed miyagi alone lost 15,000 people. >>> nbc's lee cowan has the latest now from the region. he's in seoul, south korea. lee, good day to you. >> reporter: hey, contessa. yeah, every day, as we've been talking about all week, the death toll seems to climb here. we're now up to nearly 9,700 people that are confirmed dead, nearly 17,000 missing. some 250,000 people remain homeless and another 300,000 are still living in shelte
reactors at japan's krip crippled nuclear plant temperature. they say there is still a lot of work to be done before electricity can be turned on. emergency crews dumped 18 tons of seawater into a nearly boiling pool holding spent nuclear fuel. japan's nikkei market closed with more than a 4% gain today thanks to the good news at the power plant. the index is still 7% lower than its close the day the earthquake and tsunami hit. >>> crews recovered the body of taylor anderson, an american teaching english in miyagi, japan, believed to be the first american victim, the first known one of the quake and tsunami. they estimate miyagi prefecture lost 15,000 people. >>> nbc's lee cowan is live now in seoul, south of korea. what's the story now? what's the situation with fear and whether it is dissipating in that region? >> reporter: i think there is still a lot of fear, it depends on where you are. if you are talking in the north, you are still focused so much on the search and rescue effort. it is still officially search and rescue. they go through the rebel with sticks trying their best
, and that probably has been less than it should have been at this point. >>> i want to turn to japan. another crisis that the president is facing, of course what the japanese are dealing with. here are some of the latest facts to emerge out of the disaster, the death toll now upwards of 8,100, still so many missing. and the number of missing, well over 12,000. some signs of hope, though, incredible images coming out of japan early today as there were incredible rescues of a teenager as well as an 80-year-old grandmother who was stuck inside of her house. thankfully, those two people were rescued. but, senator levin, as the nuclear emergency continues in japan, there are real questions about the future of nuclear power in this country. after three mile island back in 1979 as a young senator you called on a moratorium for six months on nuclear power plants in the united states. should that hold true now? >> well, i think there ought to be a period here where all of our nuclear plants are tested very, very carefully to make sure that they are safe and to make sure that this cannot happen here. but i do
in japan, where officials say radioactivity in the water at the fukushima complex is now testing 10 million times higher than normal. crews are now trying to figure out how to remove and store the highly contaminated water pooling in troubled units at the plant. this latest radiation leak has forced workers to evacuate, once again delaying efforts to control the leaking complex. and here's how the situation stands this morning. nearly 10,500 were killed in the march 11th earthquake and tsunami, and more than 16,500 remain missing. officials say the death toll is expected to surpass 18,000. and as of this morning, more than 250,000 people are living in temporary shelters. >>> to politics now and the 2012 presidential churn. michele bachmann is appealing to iowa voters in what could be a preview to a presidential bid. the minnesota republican fired up the crowd at yesterday's conference in des moines. with economic issues in the headlines, backman said the voters, not the government, has the solutions. >> no stimulus, no entitlement reform, no health care initiative, no educational revamp can
come up, new develops in japan. it's a cold leftover, old man winter overstays his welcome and puts the cherry blossom festival in the freezer. and it's puppy love. why might this puppy cam cause a traffic jam on the internet? >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to msnbc saturday. we're going to breaking scours out of libya this morning. rebel forces are retaking the city. meanwhile in the west, gadhafi's army is shelling the cities of misrata. allied jets are now targeting the tank. good morning to you, jim. what are you hearing about both of these fronts? >>y there,al ajbi dal t rebels this morning. the fighting there has stopped. rebels are celebrating in the streets and pro gadhafi forces have been seen retreating westward iave said that their claims continue to hit gadhafi troops and tanks in ajdabiya unless they pull out of that population center, which, of course, they had refused to do. this as you say is going to be a huge morale boost for the rebels. they'll push all the way here into tripoli now. and for the first time in weeks, gadhafi's forces are retreating. you menti
're expecting that announcement at 3:00 eastern time. >>> still touch and go at japan's nuclear power plant, but they're still structure ally sound. smoke started rising from reactor numbers two and three. the smoke eventually stopped. the plant operator says it's not clear what started the smoke in the first place. >>> the just is making potassium iodide to u.s. personnel in tokyo and abu ghraib, trophy pictures of soldiers posing with bodies of afghan civiliance. what possibly could the military say to explain it? >>> plus it's a list no parent wants to see their teen's name on. and the latest case of cyber bullying. >>> a dramatic rescue of an entire family including a six month old puppy. [ sneezes ] allergies? you think i have allergies? you're sneezing. i'm allergic to you. doubtful, you love me. hey, you can't take allegra with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really? here, there's nothing about juice on the zyrtec® label. what? labels are meant to be read. i'd be lost without you. i knew you weren't allergic to me. [ sneezes ] you know, you can't take allegra with orange
lle, tnk you foth fm e at chne amntiohe te fusma perlain japan. operators at the plant first said radiation levels in water at one of the units was 10 million times higher than normal but now they say the huge spike in radiation levels was a mistake. let's go live to tokyo, nbc's lee cowan standing by for us. any updates in terms of what you're hearing about this, the discrepancy, have they figured out what the problem was or if 10 million times higher was incorrect? >> reporter: well, since we last talked, they have -- tepco has officially apologized for making that mistake. they say they will go back in and test that water to see what the accurate level is. they say it is still high, just not 10 million times higher than normal is what they're saying. they revealed today that they found pools like the one that those workers stepped in a couple of days ago that sent two of them to the hospital, they found similar pools in basically reactors 1, 2 and 3 and all of them have higher than normal radiation levels which makes getting in there that much more difficult. they can't go in a
.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. >>> we begin with confusion in japan over high radiation levels detected in the water at the troubled fukushima nuclear power plant. officials first said that radioactivity in the water at one of the units registered about 10 million times higher than normal, but within just this past hour, operators at the plant say the huge spike in those radiation levels was a mistake. let's go right to tokyo and nbc's lee cowan. so, lee, what's the latest you're hearing about this, and is there any way to sort out this confusion? >> reporter: it's confusing, isn't it, alex, at best. we just got off the phone with transnuclear safety agency, and they say they have talked to the owners of the plant, tepco, and they say those numbers just didn't seem credible, the 10 million times higher than normal radiation levels they found in a pool, so they are reassessing. they are going to revise that number, presumably downward, although we're not exactly sure at this point. and how it got to the level of testing, having a press conference some ten hours ago, and only now
there in japan? has it lifted spirits? >> reporter: well, any big of good news is always better than bad news, but so many thousands of people died, and shortages of food, these are nice uplifting stories. these people seem to be fine, but i don't think it's made anybody's mood that much different. there is steady but slow progress at the crippled reactors. >> fire trucks were able to get within 60 feet of the reactor. it could look like this, covering spent fuel rods if the water hit its mark and the tank does not have a major leak. >> translator: we think we have captured a certain amount of water injection and it's not stabilized the situation. >> reactors 1 and 2 are hooked to electricity now. engineers will soon try to get the pumps running again to cool the reactors, and reactors 50 and 56 diesel-powered generators have the water circulating again. >> there's a slight chance that one of the reactor vessels will have a late failure. not very likely, because the fuel is getting cooler all the time, and they seem to have a way of getting water into these reactor cores. if they keep on do t
of the disaster in japan. this is another day of setbacks at the troubles fukushima plachblt a high radiation reading sparked another reaction. officials, however, say this was all a mistake. nbc's charles hadlock is joining us from nearby seoul with the last. they were off by a couple of zeros but obviously this is not comfortable forring in northbound in that region, charles. >> reporter: no, it's not. just a few away and then you have this problem. what happened today, a worker at the plant looked at his gauge and it said that the radiation level was 10 million times higher than normal. an immediate evacuation of the workers was called for and later tokyo electric officials said that was a miscalculation that the radiation level was not that high. in fact, they say now that the radiation level is knew about 100,000 times more than normal, certainly less than what was reported earlier. but also very high. and that's the problem. there's radiated water on that site. the problem is what to do with it. how do you get it out of there, and do you work around it. that's what they're trying to fig
. >>> japan's government says the cost of the earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion. infrastructure, housing and businesses in northeastern japan suffered extensive damage. if those estimates are correct, it would top the overall losses from hurricane katrina here in the united states. >>> hollywood's grand damme has died. elizabeth taylor died of congestive heart failure at a los angeles hospital, surrounded by her four children. nbc's peter alexander has more on the life of the legendary actress. >> reporter: she was one of the last of the screen goddesses from hollywood's golden age. >> one more crack, queeny, just one, and i will not only spit in your eye, but i will punch it black and blue. >> reporter: at the height of her career in the '50s and '60s, elizabeth taylor portrayed sexy, emotionally vulnerable heroines in some of the era's most memorable movies. >> help me! >> dawn. >> now i sound insane, don't i? >> are you trying to. >> reporter: born in london to american parents in 1942, elizabeth rose taylor moved to los angeles just before the outbreak of world war ii. >> ea
are overwhelmed. >>> in sendai, japan, there are signs of recovery. u.s. marines are busy there helping to clear away cars and other debris left in the tsunami's wake. >> we've been clearing it for the past few days, so we're making good progress. >>> let's head to tokyo and nbc's lee cowan who's developing stories there. >> reporter: it all stems from the injuries to the workers we talked about yesterday, the ones that were in the basement level of unit number three. they were trying to strip a cable there. they came in contact with radioactive water and had to be taken to the water. they were actually transferred to a hospital here in tokyo today so they could monitor their condition a little more closely. the consider is that the radiation levels were so high, and the water they stepped in, some 10,000 times that it should be, that the fear is now there is some kind of leak at the reactor itself. they don't know whether it's an actual breach in the core or the pipes themselves that are leaking but something is leaking. we don't know how much or how long it's been leaking and we don't know why
important things to worry about in europe and north africa when it comes to what is going on in japan. they think that would send a long term message that could take years to fix. >> south america is so important. >> everything about this trip has to do with trade and economics. you're going hear the president try to talk about jobs as much as anything. strengthening this relationship with brazil and chile in particular is one of the focal points here. all of the run up has been up to how america can increase its exports to the rest of latin america. so that's the focus. the president clearly is having to multitask here. >> from the president on libya. >>> and what's the reaction right now? what have you seen or heard of anything in terms of aircraft. >> planes are flying way up there. they will be flying, taking information, and gathering information on a lot of different provinces across the country. they're looking at clusters of war planes, if you will. and they are also looking at communications. revoke us immediately to come to the next press conference. this is where gadhafi's
of "operation odyssey dawn" in just a few minutes. >>> but in japan today, an amazing rescue more than a week -- police say a 16-year-old boy and his 80-year-old grandmother have been rescued, and the two were found alive in the miyagi prefecture. >>> and new this hour, officials say 2 of the 6 reactor units are safely under control after the storage pools have cooled down. >>> this is the japanese coast guard riding that wave. it was about three miles or so off the country, just after the 9.0 quake. >>> robert bazzell is following -- i know we have the survivors and some great pictures of them being airlifted to safety. can you tell me if that news is getting out widespread and what the reaction is to that? >> reporter: well, it's certainly getting widespread. it's on japanese television all the time and in the newspapers. how much that's going to make people feel better after many thousands have died and hundreds of thousands are homeless, i don't know, but one piece of uplifting news in a very dismal situation. >> how about in terms of dismal situations the damage to the reactors and conse
story happening on the other side of the globe. as it hits early hours in japan, they are calling it a miracle here. just nine days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck, rescue crews here finding a 16-year-old boy and his 80-year-old grandmother and they are alive. an amazing story. the boy reportedly was calling for help from the roof of a collapsed house where his grandmother was inside trapped under a refrinl rate tore. with good stories le that still being told, the japanese government has advised residents of an issue not to drink tap water in one of the villages there. village is located about 19 miles northwest of the crippled fukushima nuclear plant. the situation at the plant appears to improving. two of the sick reactors have cooled down. the pressure unexpectedly rose at reactor lee p. three. former nuclear regulatory commissioner joins me live. when we hear about venting a reactor, it does not sound calming. >> it's pretty much all they can do because they want to protect the containment because if they don't vent it, the pressure can rise to levels wher
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